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- "Just outside the door Dorothy came upon the Cowardly Lion, still hitched to the chariot beside the great Tiger. The Cowardly Lion had a big bow of green silk ribbon fastened to the long hair between his ears, and the Tiger wore a bow of red velvet ribbon on his tail, just in front of the slick end. In an instant Dorothy was hugging the huge Lion joyfully. "I'm SO glad to see you again!" she cried. "I am also glad to see you, Dorothy," said the Lion. "We've had some fine adventures together, haven't we?" "Yes, indeed," she replied. "How are you?" "As cowardly as ever," the beast answered in a meek voice. "Every little thing scares me and makes my heart beat fast. But let me introduce to you a new friend of mine, the Hungry Tiger." "Oh! Are you hungry?" she asked, turning to the other beast, who was just then yawning so widely that he displayed two rows of terrible teeth and a mouth big enough to startle anyone. "Dreadfully hungry," answered the Tiger, snapping his jaws together with a fierce click. "Then why don't you eat something?" she asked. "It's no use," said the Tiger sadly. "I've tried that, but I always get hungry again." "Why, it is the same with me," said Dorothy. "Yet I keep on eating." "But you eat harmless things, so it doesn't matter," replied the Tiger. "For my part, I'm a savage beast, and have an appetite for all sorts of poor little living creatures, from a chipmunk to fat babies. "How dreadful!" said Dorothy. "Isn't it, though?" returned the Hungry Tiger, licking his lips with his long red tongue. "Fat babies! Don't they sound delicious? But I've never eaten any, because my conscience tells me it is wrong. If I had no conscience I would probably eat the babies and then get hungry again, which would mean that I had sacrificed the poor babies for nothing. No; hungry I was born, and hungry I shall die. But I'll not have any cruel deeds on my conscience to be sorry for." "
- ―Ozma of Oz (1907)
The Hungry Tiger as depicted in the books
|Title||Regent of the Forest of Wild Beasts; Chariot Bearer to Princess Ozma of Oz|
|Residence||Forest of Wild Beasts|
|Occupation||Regent; Ozma's chariot puller|
|Affiliation||Cowardly Lion, Ozma, Land of Oz|
|First Appearance||The Wonderful Wizard of Oz"|
The Hungry Tiger is large and lithe, with powerful limbs and dark purple stripes. His eyes burn like coals of fire. He is always hungry, no matter how much he eats, and he longs to devour a "fat baby," though he never would because his conscience will not allow him to do so. He always wears a ribbon at the end of his long tail that is of red velvet.
When the Hungry Tiger and the Cowardly Lion heard of Princess Ozma's ascension to the throne of Oz, they left the forest to visit the Emerald City. There they joined Ozma's party, pulling her royal chariot, and set out on a mission to save the Royal Family of Ev from the Nome King. During the journey, the Cowardly Lion and the Hungry Tiger bravely carried most of the party under the deadly hammer of the iron giant. When the adventure ended successfully, the Hungry Tiger stayed with his friend in the Emerald City. (Ozma of Oz)
The Hungry Tiger joins Dorothy, the Wizard, and the Cowardly Lion on their journey to find monkeys for their present to Ozma for her birthday. (The Magic of Oz)
The two beasts are Ozma's chief guardians, and they keep guard in her Royal Throne Room. However, because everyone loves Ozma, there has never been a disturbance and there is nothing for the guardians to do. ("The Cowardly Lion and the Hungry Tiger")
- Ozma of Oz (first appearance)
- Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz
- The Road to Oz
- Little Wizard Stories of Oz
- "The Cowardly Lion and the Hungry Tiger"
- The Scarecrow of Oz
- Rinkitink in Oz
- The Magic of Oz
- The Royal Book of Oz
- Kabumpo in Oz
- The Hungry Tiger of Oz
- The Wonder City of Oz
- The Scalawagons of Oz